According To Phoenix, You Compensate

Nov 06, 2018

This post was inspired by a song from Dire Straits (“Private Investigations”). I also have lots of views from Myanmar lately and this is for them.

Much has been said about health on that blog. But I have a hint from a basketball medical team called the Phoenix Suns. They say when you are ill, you tend to compensate. For example, if your right leg is hurting, you put a lot of pressure on the left leg. I chose that song but one could also listen to “1983” (Jimi Hendrix) and “Civil War” (Guns ‘n’ Roses).

It seems Myanmar is a country with a very long civil war. In Lebanon, the civil war lasted 15 years and in Afghanistan, it lasted 10 years. When you live in a big city like Paris, you tend to forget about nature and her powerful force.

I dedicate this post for Myanmar (aka Burma) and the wonderful landscape I saw on Google. It seems also Facebook is used to spread hate speech there and maybe with the right song it could get better. I already talked about compensation in my post on post-traumatic stress disorder but this post will focus on the subject.

Let’s Talk About Compensation With Music

This song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their album Love over Gold. It reached number 2 in the United Kingdom (despite its length), and is one of their biggest chart successes in the UK. The track has appeared on compilation albums.

The song begins with a sinister, deep-pitched synthesiser orchestration, leading into a slow piano progression accompanying a classical guitar, followed by several spoken verses. After the verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with strident electric guitar chords at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler’s acoustic guitar and marimba played by Mike Mainieri.

The song evokes the private detectives of classic film noir. The song itself is mainly instrumental, with most of the song comprising of nothing more than a steady drumbeat, interrupted by guitar chords that are only more striking for their scarcity.

Knopfler said the song was sparked off by something he’d read about Philip Marlowe. Marlowe was the private detective created by the American novelist Raymond Chandler. The Marlowe novels could have been tailor made for film noir, a style of cinema that evolved in the United States after the Second World War, low budget gangster films and such made in black and white and portraying the underside of the American dream. Marlowe found his way onto both the big screen and TV.

A Usual Fee Everybody Knows About

When it comes to the subject of fights, you have to be well educated. The importance of rivalry and vengeance, the will to trouble and put pressure on people… But what will happen when this is all over? Money, sex and fights are the usual fees when you have nausea about what’s happening in your surroundings.

Of course, one could try to remain sober and stop drinking on a daily basis. When I was a student, I would go to parties sometimes (once a week) and get drunk. But the rest of the time I was kind of sober. Maybe I found other drunk people to hang out with but we could drive a car.

Makes me wonder if this is not a bad case of confidence in me, you and God. I also have to deal with something on a daily basis since 2016 and I try to remember everything could go better very quickly. Maybe some angels and some demons will get tired of that conflict?

People Are Messing With Myanmar

While the Civil War is raging (what’s so civil about war anyway?), some people are taking advantage of that and want to help. But many people will second guess the motivation. This is a private business and nobody except Burmese people should be allowed. I saw a picture of President Obama and Hillary Clinton with the famous Aung San Suu Kyi.

This is a Burmese matter and nobody should be allowed to toy with the Burmese people, even though there might be many riches in the country. When you check out the landscape in that country, you understand it’s kind of special. Lebanon is also special with its wonderful nature and very short distances.

There Are Monsters Among Us

Some devils and some angels are tired of the conflict. And now the only people remaining are monsters with mainly money problems. They will make the best of the situation and head for their next con job.

When I started this blog I was willing to write for France, Lebanon and the English-speaking countries like the UK, the US, and Australia. But the more I advertised on Facebook, the more I discovered the world is much bigger than the district where you live and spend most of your time.

I have never been to that portion of Asia but I have some friends who did. There are saboteurs among us. I can guarantee that: some are professionals, some are just amateurs. And it’s difficult to classify them but I guess you could come up with a taxonomy based on the frequency they piss you off: daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

Get Used To It: It’s About Money

So if I have a special message for my Burmese readers, it could be this one: you should get used to it, it’s strictly commercial. And if you have the audacity to jump from your house because you dreamt it was over, you should remember a political solution will help. Someone will stand up for your rights, I’m sure about it.

I know it’s hard to get used to the fact that some people think rivalry and vengeance are important. But you will discover legendary people to help you if you can get to know them.

In the long run, you will discover money is the main suspect but love, spite, and necessity are also suspicious. I’m sure Burmese people love their country and when the monsters will be out of the country, you will experience serenity and calm once again.

Music Sounds Better With You

As a conclusion, I like to remind myself sometimes that music is the best way to get to know another country’s culture. Lately, I discovered a Turkish song that made me really happy because it was modern and also ancient. When you are able to blend modernity and antiquity in a harmonious way, then it’s so powerful because it makes you travel space and time.

I guess the compensation for any pain or pleasure is to write about it. When our ancestors in their cave started painting animals, what could be on their minds at the time? I’m a musician and decided music will be my preferred way to express myself. One thing I learned from music is that you should not accentuate the wrong notes and that you should practice healthy habits like having a good position for your thumb on the guitar.

I know your heart is beating fast. Heartaches don’t last forever. And remember the Phoenix is a legendary animal that is always reborn from its ashes. The only unknown is when (or the cycle).

When you have troubles with something, you tend to compensate putting a lot of pressure on that solution. Let’s try to remember everything could get better very quickly.

It’s a mystery to me
The game commences
For the usual fee
Plus expenses
Confidential information
It’s in a diary
This is my investigation
It’s not a public inquiry

I go checking out the reports
Digging up the dirt
You get to meet all sorts
In this line of work
Treachery and treason
There’s always an excuse for it
And when I find the reason
I still can’t get used to it

And what have you got at the end of the day?
What have you got to take away?
A bottle of whiskey and a new set of lies
Blinds on the window and a pain behind the eyes

Scarred for life
No compensation
Private investigations

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!